Diane Emerson

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Welcome to my website!  I hope you will find it interesting and inspirational.  Because I am currently seeking employment, I have included, right here, a couple of my customized resumes.  If you have any leads for me on Vashon Island or Seattle, I would love to know about them. Thank you!

Admin Resume

Diane Emerson  

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

·      MBA with over six years office admin support

·      Excellent skills in MS Office and other software, and can rapidly learn new ones

·      Strong customer service and interpersonal skills, with advanced training in compassionate communication. Connect well with people at all levels of large organizations, and the public

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills: one-on-one, phone, groups, presentations, writing, editing, proofreading, facilitating meetings of all sizes

·      Can work equally well independently and as a member or leader of a team

·      Dependable and tactful, well-organized, with integrity and dedication to serve

·      Quick learner, adaptable to any work situation, can quickly change priorities as needed

·      Enjoy meeting and working with people with diverse backgrounds and cultures

·      Can read and speak some Spanish, French, and Kashmiri

 

EDUCATION: University of Minnesota

 

Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Associate                                                                                                                     2015 – present

Watershed LLC Sustainability Consulting, Vashon, WA

Write grants and magazine articles, arrange meetings and interviews. Order office supplies. Manage Internet presence, including new website, and social media presence. Take, prepare and distribute minutes and records of meetings with clients and the community. Receive, process, issue receipts and file cash and other payments.  Conduct a retail census of all the pesticides sold on Vashon. Research pesticides, design database, accurately enter data, and maintain database.  With King County funding, create promotional and education materials on the dangers of and alternatives to toxic pesticides.  Share info with the public, retail staff and managers. Network with eight community groups.  Write and present reports to King County and the Vashon community.

 

Advisor                                                                                                                       2013 –2014

Heartstad (now Cedar Spring Farm),Vashon, WA

Help create this innovative intentional community around permaculture and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Organize weekly strategy meetings, write and publish the meeting minutes on Google Docs, and keep a log of decisions taken and issues to address. Manage Internet presence, network with community groups.
                                   

New Zealand, France, USA                                                                                           2011–2013

Disaster response and admin support after Christchurch’s devastating earthquake in early 2011. In dynamic environment, answer questions, provide emotional support, coordinate assistance, keep public informed, help people obtain Red Cross funds.  Independently create and implement gardening and trash pickup program in France.  Admin support for homeless shelter in Duluth, MN.    Extensive training and teaching of Nonviolent Communication to Portland activists, admin support for Portland Fruit Tree Project.

 

Administrator                                                                                                               2009-2010

Hope Disability Centre, Wayil village, Kashmir, India

Directly support the founder of the organization. Schedule meetings, compose correspondence. Create and manage external and internal communications: website, annual report, newsletters, brochure, meeting minutes, photos and videos. Enter and maintain confidential and highly sensitive payroll and human resources data for 31 employees. Help the Hope Disability Centre work effectively with a major global nonprofit: Handicap International. Perform highly responsible liaison with high-level management, officials and representatives of Handicap International, and the Indian government. Working independently, create the complete operations handbook for the organization: Human Resources, Finance, Admin, Logistics, and Programs.

 

                                               

USA, New Zealand                                                                                                         2007 -2008

 

Reorganize the filing system for day care center of Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, preventing the day care center from losing its license.  Advise Couchsurfing International on its accounting system, and set up the chart of accounts.  Join the board of MEND, Mobility Equipment for the Needs of the Disabled, and provide admin, fundraising, and promotional support.

 

Adjunct Professor                                                                                                        2006

Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa

Develop the curriculum and teach courses on 1. Marketing and 2. Business Strategy and Policy

 

Owner/Manager, North Victorian Apartments                                                            2004-2006

Algona, Iowa

Upgrade the building and improve tenants from mostly late paying drug dealers to all management-level tenants, including a millionaire, within two years.

Owner

Emerson Business Consulting, Algona, Iowa

As business owner, manage all accounting and finance, sales and marketing. Develop sales and marketing strategies for small companies and advise on strategic planning, team building and time management for larger firms.

 

Related Experience

Fulfill a New Zealand government contract with the BIZ Programme to teach business skills to hundreds of women business owners throughout the Auckland region.

 

Lead a cross-functional, multinational customer management team of 7 people in a $50 million project to standardize our computer technology across 60 countries. Develop and implement global standards for market definition, product and customer tracking. Coordinate efforts with the other two teams (Manufacturing and Finance). Perform liaison with and obtain buy-in from high-level managers, the board of directors, the overall project executive, and other key stakeholders. Establish clear objectives and timelines, and meet all deadlines.

 

Lead a team of 8 employees plus interns and contractors to meet the strategy and marketing needs of the core business of H.B. Fuller. Responsible for $600,000 department budget.

Sustainability Resume

Diane Emerson

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

·      MBA with over six years office admin support

·      Excellent skills in MS Office and other software, and can rapidly learn new ones

·      Strong customer service and interpersonal skills, with advanced training in compassionate communication. Connect well with people at all levels of large organizations, and the public

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills: phone, groups, presentations, writing, editing

·      Can work equally well independently and as a member or leader of a team

·      Dependable and tactful, well-organized, with integrity and dedication to serve

·      Quick learner, adaptable to any work situation, flexible

·      Enjoy learning new skills, meeting and working with people with diverse backgrounds and cultures

·      Can read and speak some Spanish, French, and Kashmiri

 

EDUCATION

Permaculture Design Certificate                                                                                  2012

Earth Activist Training, Cazadero, CA

 

Master’s Degree in Business Administration

University of Minnesota

 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Associate                                                                                                                     2015 – present

Watershed LLC Sustainability Consulting, Vashon, WA

Coordinate and direct a variety of complex office functions related to the pesticide reduction effort for Vashon-Maury Island, funded by King County and community crowdfunding. Write grants, initiate, direct, and manage the crowdfunding effort. Network with community groups.  Arrange and participate in radio interviews. Write and edit newspaper and magazine articles. Schedule meetings and presentations, and pull together necessary documents for them. Manage social media and advertising. Design and maintain websites. Design brochures, flyers, and business cards. Create and edit videos, photos. Take, prepare and distribute minutes and records of meetings with clients and the community. 

 

Advisor                                                                                                                         2013 –2014

Heartstad (Cedar Spring Farm), Vashon, WA

Help create this innovative intentional community around permaculture and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Advise on strategy, set up and coordinate visioning exercises for the founders. Organize, promote, and facilitate a two-week residential certificate course in Permaculture, with 24 attendees. Coordinate and supervise the kitchen team.

 

                                                                                                                                    2011 – 2013

New Zealand: Disaster response after Christchurch’s devastating earthquake in 2011.  

France: Guerrilla gardening and trash pickup, by bicycle, for 3 months in 2011

Minnesota: Live-in supervisor in the Olive Branch house; a homeless shelter for women and children.

Portland: Facilitate Nonviolent Communication workshops for a diverse population of activists. Help create the tree database for the Portland Fruit Tree Project.

 

Administrator                                                                                                             2009 - 2010

Hope Disability Centre, Wayil village, Kashmir, India

Directly support the founder of the organization. Create and manage external and internal communications: website, annual report, newsletters, brochure, meeting minutes, photos and videos. Write grants, advise on fundraising strategies.

 

                                                                                                                                   2007 -2008

New Zealand: Help start Couchsurfing International, set up the chart of accounts.

USA: Reorganize the filing system for day care center of Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, preventing the day care center from losing its license.

 

Adjunct Professor                                                                                                       2006

Buena Vista University, Buena Vista, Iowa

Develop the curriculum and teach two courses: 1. Principles of Marketing and 2. Business Strategy and Policy, as hybrid courses, part online, part in class. 

                                                           

 

COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS ACTIVITIES

Member, numerous Vashon groups: Fruit Club, Garden Club, Vashon for Bernie Sanders, Vashon Island Grower's Association, Vashon Zero Waste, Vashon Time Bank

 

Minnesota State Horticultural Society                                                                                 

President and board member.  Introduce a community gardening program called Minnesota Green. Revitalize the organization, double membership size, increase revenues, and bring together far-flung districts and clubs across the state. 

 

Interests and Activities

Sustainability, local food, car-free travel, permaculture, Nonviolent Communication, organic gardening, travel, spirituality, world religions, photography, and cycle touring.

 

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